Wexford Foundation Donates $99,000 to Local Charities

Foundation Logo Black_6.11.2014On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation hosted their fifth annual Grants Award Luncheon at the Wexford Clubhouse, sponsored by South State Bank. The Wexford Charitable Foundation donated $89,000 to local charities as well as the remaining $10,000 of our major grant to Hopeful Horizons.

This year’s grant recipients include the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island, The Children’s Center, Family Promise, Heather Trew Foundation, Heroes of the Lowcountry, Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, The Literacy Center, Meals on Wheels, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Neighborhood Outreach Connection, Pockets Full of Sunshine, Programs for Exceptional People and Second Helpings.

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According to Wexford Foundation’s Chairman, Jim Hicks, “The success of the Wexford Foundation is a reflection of the compassionate nature of the members of the Wexford Community.  The engagement of our Members allows the Foundation to support partner charities that make a real difference on Hilton Head Island and the surrounding area.  These charities all enable the success of their clients.  We are pleased to be a part of such a powerful relationship.”

To learn more about the Wexford Foundation and how you can get involved, visit www.wexfordfoundation.com or contact any one of the Trustees.

Wexford Foundation Supports Hopeful Horizons

On Monday, February 6, 2017, Hopeful Horizons opened a satellite office in Bluffton, SC, to serve victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. The Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation awarded Hopeful Horizons a grant in order to open this office to reach more victims and assist on their path to healing.

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Left to right HH CEO Shauw Chin Caps, HH COO Kristin Dubrowski, Jim Hicks, Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka, HHI Councilman David Ames and Don Brashears

“We are grateful for the support of the Wexford Charitable Foundation and community leaders,” said Shauw Chin Caps, CEO of Hopeful Horizons. “As we work to increase awareness and assist survivors, our satellite office in Bluffton will help us continue to reach more people and provide comprehensive services to victims of abuse.”

“At Hopeful Horizons, our mission is to protect, treat + prevent,” said Kristin Dubrowski, COO of Hopeful Horizons. “The opening of our Bluffton office equips us with additional resources to assist victims of abuse and work with the community to end abuse and change lives.”

“The Wexford Charitable Foundation’s goal is to invest in the wellbeing of the members of our community.  We are pleased to support the establishment of Hopeful Horizons’ Bluffton office,” said Wexford Charitable Foundation Chairman, Jim Hicks. “This is an example of high-impact philanthropy.  Hopeful Horizons provides proven solutions to the problems of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.  The impact of our investment will be repaid many times over – in lives meaningfully improved.  Together, we are working to significantly reduce abuse and change lives.”

“I am thrilled that Hopeful Horizons will have a physical presence in Bluffton to serve our citizens and our neighboring communities,” said Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka.  “It is critical that victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault know they aren’t alone.  Hopeful Horizons offers free, confidential, comprehensive services under one roof.  Their presence will be a great addition to the Bluffton community.”

“I have long been passionate about protecting children and couldn’t be happier to see Hopeful Horizons expanding their services in our community.  Abuse can cause lasting trauma, but that doesn’t have to be the end of the story,” said Hilton Head Island Councilman David Ames.  “Providing a welcoming place for victims to tell their story and support on their healing journey is key to helping abuse survivors rebuild their lives. Hopeful Horizons’ work breaks the cycle of violence.”

hopefulhorizonlogoHopeful Horizons is a Children’s Advocacy, Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center. For more information on the services provided by Hopeful Horizons, visit www.hopefulhorizons.org.

Foundation Logo Black_6.11.2014To learn more about the Wexford Plantation Charitable Foundation, visit www.wexfordfoundation.com.

Mike Pollard Named PTR South Carolina Member of the Year

web-ready-138Congratulations to Wexford Head Tennis Professional, Mike Pollard, for being awarded Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Member of the Year for South Carolina! This award is presented to a PTR member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.

Mike coaches more than 25 Adult USTA teams annually, and both Men’s and Women’s Interclub teams. He coaches multiple adult players who compete in both the singles and doubles Ultimate Tennis Leagues. He also coaches multiple Junior Team Tennis teams during the year.

Mike is co-tournament director for one Junior USTA tournament, and one USTA adult tournament each year.  He also participates in many local exhibitions and is a member of the Hilton Head Pro League, which in 2016 raised $2,700 for the PTR Wheelchair Championships.

Mike joined the PTR in 2002. In 2015, he became the first member of the PTR to become certified Professional in all 5 pathways (10 & Under, 11 to 17, Performance, Adult Development, Senior Development) AND is also PTR wheelchair certified. He currently has 665 continuing education hours.

During his three year tenure as Head Professional at Wexford, the tennis facility has won multiple prestigious awards including 2014 USTA Outstanding Facility of the Year, 2016 Island Packet Tennis Facility of the year, and the 2016 USTA Southern Member Facility of the year.

Congratulations to our own, Mike Pollard!

Tennis Tip: Racquet Repairs

How often should I restring my racquet?

The truth is, strings wear down from play, lose their elasticity and tension and ultimately if left too long can have a negative impact on your play. Your tennis strings begin to lose their tension very quickly after you string. In the first 24 hours after stringing, strings can lose roughly 10% of their tension and this reduction in tension continues as time goes by and you get out on the court and start hitting.

The worst thing that can happen to a player is they begin to adjust their technique or are told to adjust their technique to compensate for a loss in tension with their strings.  Since the tension of your strings can have a big impact on the power and control you generate when hitting, it’s worth replacing your tennis strings on a consistent basis to make sure you can perform your best.

The Tennis Center offers re-stringing services. Call (843) 686-8816 to learn more.

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Golf Tip: Recreate Consistent Bunker Shots

Coach’s Corner with James Scales, First Assistant golf Professional

One of the toughest aspects of Bunker Shots is returning the club back to the sand consistently through impact. To practice taking the same amount of sand every time when hitting bunker shots, try the “Line Drill.”  Draw a line in the bunker and take your normal bunker stance with your weight leaning into your lead (front) foot.

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Start making golf swings, moving down the line as you do. Check to see where your club is connecting with the sand after each swing and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Are my divots in the sand starting before, on, or after the line?
  2. Are my divots consistently starting before, on, or after the line?

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The club should contact the sand directly on the line and the divot should follow. Make practice swings in the sand until you see yourself consistently connecting with the sand right on the line. When you find yourself hitting the line consistently, place golf balls in the sand about an inch in front of the line and practice hitting bunker shots. Make sure you are still connecting with the sand right on the line.

When practicing this, you should find yourself hitting consistent bunker shots.

How to Name Your Boat

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Spring is on the way (no trust me, it really is) and we are starting to think more about all things nautical.  New boats may be on the horizon, which will lead to a new set of adventures.

Take a look at these names: Knot on Call, Deep Ship and Unsinkable II.  These are names I have seen in almost every port I have visited; my least favorite is “Unsinkable II;” it just tempts the fates (you already lost “Unsinkable”).  As a sailor, I know better than to tempt any fate.  Sailors are a superstitious bunch and boat names mean a lot to us. Part of the deal with my wife on getting a boat was that she could name it, but she had to follow the guidelines below.

As a boater, you have a rite of passage to christen your watercraft with a fitting name, and as the above examples show, this glorious tradition allows for a healthy dollop of creativity, humor and some whimsy.

Even though the options seem limitless, dreaming up just the right name can be stressful. After all, unlike celebrity children, boats cannot be called just anything. When your vessel’s name is prominently tattooed on its haunches, it’s got to leave a good impression in its wake.  That’s exactly why it pays to have some help, a rudder on your route to tagging triumph.

Here are 5 easy guidelines to naming your next boat:

  1. Harbour News_Think About SafetyThink about safety
    Although I made a briny ballyhoo over the creative possibilities of naming your boat, there is a good reason to remain at least somewhat practical. In an emergency, you’ll need to be able to effectively relay your boat’s name to the Coast Guard and you don’t want any miscommunication (your life could depend on it). That’s why names with 1-2 syllables that roll off the tongue are typically the safest. While My Ex-Wife Got the Mansion or Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat might get you chuckles around the marina, you assume some added risk by choosing them. Try saying the boat name in the picture 3 times!
  2. Harbour News_Avoid ClichesAvoid clichés
    If you’ve ever set foot on a dock, you’ve probably seen hackneyed handles such as Second Wind and Aquaholic floating by. Sure, these are easy fallbacks when naming your boat, but do they apply to you? I mean, are you truly an Aquahol connoisseur or merely a social boater? These are the tough questions you have to ask yourself. The best boat names reveal something unique about the boater. Especially if you’re new to the boating world, having a memorable, thoughtful name for your boat can be the best way to integrate yourself into the nautical community.
  3. Consider a woman’s touch
    The best boat names don’t get too cute or force something jokey.  If you are stuck, nothing is quite as tasteful or timeless as using a female name for your boat.  Need more reason?  Well, aside from the fact that every boat is a “she” at heart (just a core principle of maritime genetics), according to some experts, giving human traits to inanimate objects can inspire more responsible, attentive ownership — which could mean fewer costly repairs. Whether you are inspired by your wife, daughter, mother or grade-school lunch lady, naming your boat after an important woman in your life never goes out of style.
  4. Harbour News_Watch How You Portray YourselfWatch how you portray yourself
    Just as driving a sports car with the vanity plate “SPD DMON” might grab a cop’s attention; naming your boat Feeling Nauti or 3 Sheets might get you unwanted attention from authorities like the Coast Guard, or simply repel fellow boaters who, frankly, aren’t feeling as nauti. By all means, be playful with your boat’s name — just remember that ultimately it’s a reflection of you.
  5. Take your time
    It’s hard to wait with your boat just sitting there begging to be enjoyed. But you will regret a hasty name choice you are not proud of. Comb the depths of your mind for something that speaks to you, such as a favorite location or special detail about your watercraft.  Even if it’s a word or phrase whose importance is a bit more cryptic — like an old pet’s name or obscure song lyric— that can be OK too (again, as long as it’s easy to say and fairly tasteful). The possibilities could fill an ocean, but you have to wade through some seaweed before you get to clear water.

Oh, There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Thank you to all our members who adorned their homes in holiday spirit this season! Their home decor, paired with our club decor, truly made our sunny 75 degree Christmas Day a festive one!  Here are just a handful of the homes with decorations…

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Making Spirits Bright

This past weekend, we welcomed all our Wexford children and grandchildren to participate in our annual Gingerbread Decorating Contest.  The competition is always tough- and this year was no exception. Our children decorated 29 houses showcasing their creativity and holiday spirit!

Following the decorations, Santa’s sleigh arrived!  He greeted and took pictures with all our families…then headed out to the golf course for a little driving range action.

From our Wexford family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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Winter Wonderland

“A Beautiful Sight, We’re Happy Tonight, Walking in a Winter Wonderland”

This past weekend, we hosted our annual Member Holiday Party, with a Winter Wonderland theme. The party exceed everyone’s expectations from the menu to dancing under the stars!

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This year’s party was much different than year’s past; the menu featured grand hors d’oeuvres displays, butler passed items, raw bar, sushi roller and more of Chef Frank’s delicious creations. Afterwards, flambeed specialty desserts were “fired” up, to include both edible sweets and cocktails.

Passed Hors d’oeuvres // Gougeres with Aged Cheddar; Lobster and Asparagus Tempura Bites; Wild Mushrooms in Puff Pastry with Rosemary Cream 

Vegetable Station // Miniature Vegetable Crudité; Steamed and Chilled: Asparagus, Broccoli, Tricolor Cauliflower- Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette; Miniature Individual Salad Presentation; Chef’s Choice Grilled and Roasted Vegetables

Raw Bar // Lobster Tails, Split with Drawn Butter; Crab Salad Cocktails; Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail; Oysters on Half Shell x 2- East and West Coast; Tuna Tartar, Smoked Salmon

Sushi Station // Hand Rolled Sushi, Chef from Hinoki; Various Rolls, Sashimi, Traditional Accompaniments; Edamame, Seaweed Salad

Charcuterie, Cheese and Artisanal Breads // Various Selections of Cured Meats, Artisanal Cheeses, Breads and Crackers with Fresh Berries, Honey, Fruit Pastes

Beef Carving Station // Prime Beef Tenderloin; Horseradish Aioli, Chive Sauce, Béarnaise Sauce, Soft Miniature Rolls; Grilled Asparagus Tips, Hollandaise; Baby Roasted Potatoes

Lamb Station // Grilled Lamb Chop Lollipops; Moroccan Style Lamb Meatballs; Cous Cous with Pine Nuts and Dried Fruit; Mango Chutney, Mint Jelly, Naan Bread

Following dinner, the dance floor became the party’s center stage. This was definitely the party of 2016! Can’t wait to see what they come up with for next year…

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